Apple’s iOS4 is hurting many an iPhone 3G, slowing them into uselessness for many who have installed the update. Whatever is going on, a fix is due soon, according to an email from Steve Jobs.
According to Mac Rumors, a disgruntled iPhone 3G owner mailed the Apple boss about his sluggish device:
I’ve waited patiently through 4.0.1 and 4.0.2, looking for a fix that will make my phone work again. I’ve read the forums that advise me to jailbreak my phone or use some other method so I can downgrade back to a version of iPhone 3, however I’m not prepared to use a method that is not supported by Apple.
The answer? You won’t be surprised at its brevity:
Software update coming soon.
Sent from my iPhone
That there is a problem with running the shiny new OS on a grubby old iPhone is clear: Apple admitted as much when told Wired.com, in customarily terse fashion, that “We are aware of these reports and we are investigating.”
Some have speculated that the 3G hardware wasn’t fast enough to run iOS4, but that seems unlikely. Not only are several new features disabled (multi-tasking, for instance), but Apple software updates have a habit of making old hardware seem faster, not slower (unlike Windows, which does the opposite). Also, pure processor speed is unlikely to be the problem: The iPhone 3G uses a 412 MHz ARM 11 chip, against the 600MHz ARM 11 processor used in the 3GS model. The MHz difference isn’t that big.
If this short new email exchange is legit, then it means one thing: that Apple has found the problem and fixed it. So hold on, iPhone 3G owners: The solution is near. Or just go out and buy an iPhone 4 already. It’s not like your contract hasn’t expired, is it?
Jobs: Software Update to Address iOS 4 Performance Issues on iPhone 3G ‘Coming Soon’ [Mac Rumors]
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Jobs: Software Fix for iPhone 3G Slowdown â€˜Coming Soonâ€™
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